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    area high school football

    I was wondering, how good is ames high going to be next year?


    which school near ames is the best at football?

    last year i went to see webster city vs nevada, and i was sorta disappointed. where i come from is a small school football hotbed, and the football is a tad better than what i saw in nevada. so what teams are good around here?



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    Re: area high school football

    I'd suggest going down to Des Moines to see West Des Moines Valley or Dowling Catholic if you're really interested in seeing quality high school football

    Disclaimer: I'm from eastern Iowa and those two teams are all I ever heard of as powers from central Iowa when I was in high school



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    Re: area high school football

    Don't base your opinion of High School football on watching Nevada. They have had one of the poorest teams in the state for several years.



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    Re: area high school football

    First off Nevada always sucks. Ames is average to good usually. West Des Moines Valley is good every year and will play at Ames every other year. Ankeny has been good lately too. Somebody in the 4A class is always good in the Des Moines metro area, it rotates from year to year but they play some of the best high school football in the state. Small school power Madrid is right outside of Ames, but I have attended their games in the past and it is kind of boring unless you want to see a team 50 point the other team without attempting a pass the whole game. Ballard of Huxley and Boone have been good lately also, they are both class 3A.


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    Re: area high school football

    Nevada has struggled because of many students choosing not to go out for football. Their numbers have been very very poor the past 4 years.



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    Re: area high school football

    ok. well in my three town radius, there was a team who was always a state contender but they ran a double wing offense which was god awfully boring, my school which sucked all except my 3 years on varsity, and another school who had a lot of tradition and a shotgun offense. i guess im sorta looking for a school who has a high powered offense, and a good defense that sorta has tradition.



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    Re: area high school football

    Quote Originally Posted by illinoiscyclone View Post
    I was wondering, how good is ames high going to be next year?


    which school near ames is the best at football?

    last year i went to see webster city vs nevada, and i was sorta disappointed. where i come from is a small school football hotbed, and the football is a tad better than what i saw in nevada. so what teams are good around here?
    It is tough to say how good Ames is going to be. There is a pretty dedicated core of young men (predominantly incoming Juniors) that have some talent. They have done several camps together and have been lifting pretty hard.

    There is a bit of a coaching issue around campus that should be cleaned up by fall and as long as that is not to much of a dirstraction they could be competitive on the grid iron.

    My son plays ball for AHS so I am kind of biased.

    I am really excited about Ames's prospects in basketball though. There are 2 or 3 DI prospects on the team besides Barnes. He geta all of the headlines, but this team has some stud on it in the Junior class.



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    Re: area high school football

    Madrid is crazy good. Yeah, they'll more than likely blow out their opponent, but it will be exciting. Triple option all the way.

    South Hardin is a consolidation of Eldora-New Providence and Hubbard-Radcliffe, each of which were pretty good. Gilbert made a big run recently. Northeast Hamilton is really good in 8-man.

    I'd recommend the following games:
    Sept. 5 - Iowa Falls at Boone
    Sept. 5 - Dowling at Valley
    Sept. 12 - Martensdale-St. Mary's at Madrid
    Sept. 26 - South Hamilton at Roland-Story
    Oct. 24 - Ballard at Boone



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    Re: area high school football

    Valley-Dowling is always recommended. Also Ankeny-SE Polk has turned into quite the nasty rivalry over the last few years.



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    Re: area high school football

    Not sure how far you are traveling but Harlan, Iowa (western Iowa) usually puts a solid 3A team on the field each year. I think a few years back their coach was the National High School coach of the year...



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    Re: area high school football

    Valley is set to have a very good year.
    Ankeny graduates a lot of power from last year's runner up team, but seems to alway reload.
    Johnston graduates probably the most talented senior class they've ever had, but almost had a breakthrough year last season. If they can build on that, look out.
    Dowling has some good young, but unproven talent.
    SEP seems to have the groundwork laid for a pretty good program, but some have said that the younger classes aren't so good.
    I don't know how the metro teams are supposed to be. Lincoln looked to be on the up-and-up until last year.
    Roosevelt was the same way, although I think they have a new coach so he is probably building his program there.
    Hoover and North are well, Hoover and North. Pretty poor football played there.
    Marshalltown graduated a very talented QB and has a wide open offense that traditionally puts a lot of points on the board. Might be worth a trip that direction to check out a game.


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    Re: area high school football

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    Madrid is crazy good. Yeah, they'll more than likely blow out their opponent, but it will be exciting. Triple option all the way.

    South Hardin is a consolidation of Eldora-New Providence and Hubbard-Radcliffe, each of which were pretty good. Gilbert made a big run recently. Northeast Hamilton is really good in 8-man.

    I'd recommend the following games:
    Sept. 5 - Iowa Falls at Boone
    Sept. 5 - Dowling at Valley
    Sept. 12 - Martensdale-St. Mary's at Madrid
    Sept. 26 - South Hamilton at Roland-Story
    Oct. 24 - Ballard at Boone
    I'll second this recommendation.

    I played for Madrid in the mid 90's, and played for the state title twice. The football tradition we started in the early 90's has continued, great defense and an outstanding running game. They do pass a bit more now than when I was in school - they average about as many passes per game as we used to for the season. The Shadow has it right that the game on Sept 12th should be a good one.



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    Re: area high school football

    I don't know the schedule but look for the Valley/Waukee game.

    I am a Valley grad and live in WDM and right now Valley is the power. However, with the massive number of kids coming up through the ranks Waukee will be a contender soon. And they have quite a chip on their shoulder at the present time. Last year at Waukee the Valley fans did nothing to help the matter, especially when the game got a little out of hand at the end.

    I think this is setting up to surpass the Valley/Dowling rivalry as the big game every year in the western suburbs. Maybe not yet but soon.



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    Re: area high school football

    I love high school football and I am lucky enough to beon the field every Friday night for the past 10 years. Many people have mentioned some very good teams. It is best to watch the standings and look to week 7-9 for key district matchups. Winning district or runner up is the key for playoffs and seedings. Watch out for Waukee.....I think they are going to be good.


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    Re: area high school football

    Quote Originally Posted by rte4st8 View Post
    Winning district or runner up is the key for playoffs and seedings.
    They're expanding playoffs to 32 teams this year. So it'll be the top 4 in each district (3A down through 8-man), and then the point formula for 4A (16 from the west, 16 from the east).



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